Sep 28

Autumn Road Tripping: Fall For America’s National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It’s impossible to completely convey in a single article the stunning beauty and variety of the U.S. National Parks.

They range over the moonscape-like areas of the Badlands in South Dakota and the Petrified National Forest in Arizona to the lush greenery of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee or Crater Lake, Oregon.

In between the two extremes there is Glacier Park in Montana. Filled with dense forests, icy lakes and breathtaking mountains, it offers every kind of outdoor adventure. It’s joined in that opportunity by other western regions, like the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. With peaks as high as 14,000 feet, hiking takes on a whole new dimension here.

In the opposite direction, tourists looking for adventure can visit Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Dozens of miles of underground trails in huge caverns offer endless excitement. Bat caves that house thousands of the flying mammals alternate with views of glowing stalagmites 10-stories high.

Read more on U.S. National Parks, Stunning Beauty and Variety.

Sep 27

Homemade Thai Iced Tea Recipe

Thai Ice Tea

Thai Ice Tea

If you have ever eaten in a Thai or perhaps a Vietnamese restaurant, then you have probably seen an interesting orange colored beverage in a tall glass go by with a waiter or waitress you’ve often wondered just what kind of drink this might be. You’re pretty sure it’s a Thai drink…. after all, you are in a Thai restaurant! But, just what is it made of?

What you have seen is called Thai Iced tea. Surprise! It doesn’t look much like any tea that you are probably used to seeing. But, it is tea! It’s just prepared in a different way that you may not have heard of before. It looks intriguing, and it tastes wonderful, and is very welcome on a hot summer day, or whenever you are eating hot, spicy food.

Normally, Thai restaurants are not too giving when it comes to their recipes. But, the recipe for Thai Iced tea wasn’t too hard to come by. It is such a staple Thai beverage that almost anyone who knows their Thai food can tell you how to prepare it.

Read on for a delicious Homemade Thai Iced Tea Recipe!

Sep 20

Quotes: Whales

Beluga whales

Beluga whales

We are not what we might be; what we are
Outlaws all extrapolation
Beyond the interval of now and here:
White whales are gone with the white ocean.

-Sylvia Plath from “Two Lovers And A Beachcomber By The Real Sea”

Sep 20

Fall Garden Tasks Yield Spring Simplicity and Summer Bounty

Fall appleIn the spring, we are often anxious to get a new garden in the ground that will come out healthy and bounteous. However, it is the Fall garden tasks that are often the most important to get those wonderful and bounteous crops.

There are several important tasks for the fall garden but two are of the most important:

  1. Building your soil
  2. Killing Disease

In this article, we’ll cover building the soil.

Garden is a Living Ecosystem

Remember, a garden is a living ecosystem. It is full of important microbes and life that generates fertile soil and bounteous harvests. The work you do in the fall can either build the ecosystem or hurt the ecosystem. The most important fall garden task is to build the soil with organic materials and compost and let nature do the hard work during the winter. While we are staying cozy in our heated homes during the winter, nature continues naturally breaking down the organic material throughout the winter.

Continue reading Fall Garden Tasks Yield Spring Simplicity and Summer Bounty.

Sep 19

Quotes: The Rain



At night I dream that you and I are two plants
that grew together, roots entwined,
and that you know the earth and the rain like my mouth,
since we are made of earth and rain.

-Pablo Neruda, Regalo de un Poeta

Sep 18

Tips for Walking Your Dog in the City

City Dog WalkingCity dog walking requires 360 degree awareness at all times

Dogs love cities! What they lose in wide open space is made up for in the volume of sights, sounds and smells which envelop a dog during their time outside. Many owners who have moved their suburban or rural dog to the city have found that they develop a new level of confidence, both with other dogs and with people.

But with this stimulation comes the potential for mishap. Walking your dog in the city demands your utmost care and attention at all times. It’s a good idea to bear a few things in mind during a city dog walk:

Never unleash your dog on a city street

For most people, this is common sense — yet it’s surprising how many dog owners think it’s no big deal to walk their dog off leash in the city. Such people will tell you that their dog “would never do anything crazy”, but the simple truth is that all dogs have the potential to react unpredictably when provoked or startled.

Here’s why you should never walk your dog unleashed on city streets…

Sep 12

Quotes: “Tropic of Capricorn”

Inside of mainsail ocean cave


I wanted a metamorphosis, a change to fish, to leviathan, to destroyer. I wanted the earth to open up, to swallow everything in one engulfing yawn. I wanted to see the city buried fathoms deep in the bosom of the sea. I wanted to sit in a cave and read by candlelight. I wanted that eye extinguished so that I might have a chance to know my own body, my own desires. I wanted to be alone for a thousand years in order to reflect on what I had seen and heard – and in order to forget.

– Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn

Sep 12

Recipe: Butternut Squash Tart with Fried Sage, Prosciutto and Pecorino Cheese

Butternut Squash Tart

Butternut Squash Tart

Packed with flavors that embody the hearty and warm tastes of the season, Butternut Squash Tart with Fried Sage, Prosciutto and Pecorino Cheese is easy to make and easy for guests to enjoy. Perfectly versatile, this tart is easily served as a small bite or served as a light entree.

Complete the dish with Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay for the perfect pairing. The Chardonnay’s flavors of green apple, orange zest and buttery toast complement the golden puff pastry, sweet butternut squash and the salty prosciutto, making for an elegant pairing that is sure to please.

Find the recipe here.

Sep 08

Quotes: Water

A gigantic field of Pink lotus in full boom in kumphawapi reservoirs 2

Water is the driving force of all nature.
– Leonardo da Vinci

Sep 08

Aromatherapy: Make Your Own Premium Anti-Aging Skin Care Blends at Home

Handmade DIY natural body butter with coconut oil, almond oil and shea, cocoa and vanilla butter and sunblock, sunscreen with coconut oil, cocoa, vanilla and shea butterHave you always wanted to try the world’s finest skin care product, but found the prices somewhat outrageous? Ever considered making your own? It’s so easy to do, and you can create a formula precisely to match your skin type, with remarkable effective natural and pure botanicals (plant-based ingredients). Making these yourself will give you a skin care product that matches or exceeds the effectiveness of anything you can buy over the counter at a truly affordable price. Try one of these recipes and you may never go back to fancy labels, boxes and prices ever again!

Essential Oils: The Best Skin Care Botanicals

You’ll find essential oils in every “high end” mature skin beauty product, though sometimes you’ll see them discretely labeled as “plant extracts” or similar terms. The thing is that many folks still don’t realize that essential oils truly are medicine, not just fine smelling precious liquid in tiny bottles. When you understand that essential oils are simply the concentrated “volatile” (easily evaporated liquid) constituents naturally present in ALL plants, you’ll see that they’re nothing less than any other herbal concentrate. And essential oils are so very compatible with our skin — they are very easily absorbed — that they can actually work better than other types of botanical skin care ingredients. Making a custom recipe for yourself is as simple as matching the therapeutic properties of the essential oils to your skin’s needs — then mixing them together with one or more “fixed” oils, and voila! You’ve got the perfect daily skin care creation.

Continue reading Make Your Own Premium Anti-Aging Skin Care Blends at Home.